Founded in 1869, The University of Otago is New Zealand's oldest university, with strong international reputation for research excellence.

Academic Departments and Schools at the University of Otago are divided into the following academic divisions: School of Business Departments, Division of Health Sciences Departments, Division of Humanities Departments, Division of Sciences Departments.

The University has many Residential Colleges, including: Abbey College, Aquinas College, Arana College, Carrington College, City College, Cumberland College, Cumberland Court, Hayward College, Knox College, St Margaret's College, Salmond College, Selwyn College, Studholme College, Toroa International House, University College.

The Law Faculty of the University was established in 1873 making it the first Law Faculty in New Zealand. Otago Law Faculty leads legal research in the country. It has been ranked 1st in the inaugural release by the New Zealand Government of research performance in New Zealand university law faculties.

Awards and Rankings:

- Placed in the range of 201-302nd globally in the Shanghai Jiao Tong University's ranking of the world's universities in 2009. Otago and Auckland are the top-ranked New Zealand universities in the league table.

- Ranked 125th in the world in the 2009 THES/QS Quacquarelli Symonds Ltd ranking of world universities. Otago recorded the highest score of any New Zealand university for citations per faculty.

- Winner of the 'Excellence for Student Support' award at the Education New Zealand conference (2008).

- Ranked 23-41st among the Top 100 Institutions in Asia (ARWU 2008).

- It is New Zealand's top-ranked university for research quality (Tertiary Education Commission. PBRF Quality Evaluation 2006. (Wellington, 2007)). The PBRF ranked Otago No. 1 in more subjects areas than any other institution.

- It is New Zealand's most research-intensive university (Ministry of Research, Science and Technology. Research and Development in New Zealand (Wellington, 2006)).

World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek
Canada - Maclean's, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, Webometrics, Newsweek
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